One Small Act Of Kindness

“One Small Act of Kindness” was founded by Kelly-Ann Van Der Meer in June 2016. “I wanted to help change the world, one small act at a time.”

The idea to start the Facebook page came into my imagination one Sunday evening,  and I seized the moment right there and then, and the page and the charity were born.

The first thought was to fathers in old age homes and shelters that had nobody coming to visit or concern themselves about these fathers.  I  wanted to ensure that they would receive some chocolates and socks, and to make them feel that they have not been forgotten, there is someone thinking of them.

Following this we have assisted with more than 52 acts in the last year. The list of beneficiaries include babies, old age homes, nursery schools, sanitary drives, animal shelters and on and on and on. We have many different drives on the go throughout the year.

We have 4 dogs, a cat, a fish and a parrot, which make our house a home, with their differing personalities and traits. We also foster animals for various organisations, so fresh drinking water is important.

Knowing that some animals may go without water was a concerning thought and we worried what would happen to them, hence the drive for water for animals in Cape Town  as the water situation would most certainly affect the animals first.

Initially, we thought that we could possibly manage to collect 8 tons of water and were overwhelmed by the  response we had over the first four days of the initiative, as we exceeded 70 tons. After the first       collection had been orchestrated by  “Gift of the Givers” we knew that, with the community’s help, we could make a BIG difference, and we did just that.

With our collection points in  Johannesburg and  Durban,  we collected over 145tons of water. 3 trucks have already made their way to the Cape, arriving  on Monday the 19th of February.

We have been collecting water since the end of January. Our garden is FULL of bottled water. It’s amazing and heart warming to see people coming to our house to drop off water or their  donation, and landing up teary and overwhelmed.

Our next water drive will be from 28th February till the 4th of March.

We are so grateful and thankful to the community members and companies, who have been involved in assisting the animals in need. Without the help of these amazing people this would not have been possible.

Special Thanks to “The Pool Team” for making all their shops in Pretoria and the greater Johannesburg available to us as drop-off points and then transporting the collected water bottles, with their vehicles, to our premises.

There are many large corporate companies and small businesses, as well as schools across Gauteng who have gotten involved and approached us during this drive, wanting to make a difference and wanting to assist with the crisis that we, as a country, are facing.

And then… none of this would have been possible without the help of the transporters, assisting us in   delivering the water. A big thank you to “Gift of the Givers”, Myriad freight and Bidvest, too, for       transporting our water so far. Words can not describe the feelings on seeing the trucks leaving, and then arriving at the destinations.




Prints with a Purpose Education Drive

Animal sterilisations, education, and making sure tummies are full are our favourite projects. To date, we are proud to have enabled over 2 tons of food to be donated to animal shelters and raised enough funds to have over 100 dogs
sterilised. Our main project for 2017 and 2018 is to drive an education campaign for school children.

Although we help where we can, we set out to choose a main project to focus on each year; in 2016, we produced and sold calendars, the proceeds of which was donated for animal sterilisations.

In 2017, our focus was on education because, as Nelson Mandela so succinctly put it: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Our pilot project was a talk at Welgemoed Primary School, it turned out to be a smash hit!

The children were engaged and curious to learn more – and, of course, they loved meeting Rolo, editor Marise’s adopted dog from Fisantekraal Animal Welfare, and an adorable adoptable puppy from AACL Bellville.

Dr Alex Strydom, a newly-qualified vet working with Fisantekraal Animal Welfare, and animal adoptions officer Helen Sadler of AACL Bellville, were present to discuss animal care and welfare with the learners.

The school then organised a Care Week drive of their own – collecting a massive amount of pet food and other goodies which were donated to FAW and AACL.

It was wonderful to see so many children so interested in animal welfare – and we can’t wait for the next school talk.

Garden Route Bird Relief Program

We LOVE sharing heart-warming stories with our readers. We were once again blown away by the selflessness of the Knysna community when faced with the recent, devastating fires. And by one lady in particular, who has dedicated her efforts towards the bird life that has been overlooked by many. If you are at all able to help this project, we urge you to do so.

Following the recent fires in and around Knysna, thousands of birds have been left without food, water and shelter. Not something many people thought about as they were picking up the pieces of the community that saw days of fierce fires and devastation. Aids were coming in for people and domestic animals that were misplaced and hurt. It’s not at all surprising that very few people noticed how quiet it had become in the nearby, smouldering forests.  The birds also had to flee for their lives. They, too, had to face the facts of not having anything to come back home to.

Noticing the silence, Rozanne Fleet decided to step in. Seeing the effect of the fire first hand, she made it her mission to assist the smallest of the victims from this disaster. With more than 18 000 hectares of fynbos and forest completely wiped out, Rozanne called and emailed as many companies as she could to find supplies and  feeders to assist the bird life in her area. Answering her call was Elaine from Elaine’s Birding and Wildlife, who phoned almost immediately to assist.

Together with Spartan Trucks, who assisted with transportation, Rozanne and Elaine have been able to distribute more then 400 nectar and suet feeders, with feed. The project has grown since and people are starting to assist with donations and have even been putting out feeders for the birds that have returned to their gardens. It goes to show that one act of kindness will put the wheels for change in motion. Thank you ladies!

If you would like to get involved, please contact Rozanne Fleet on their Facebook page @GardenRouteBirds



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